Of all the major prophets of the Old Testament, one stands out as the most fascinating. One has had a hold on the imaginations of men from time immemorial. One has more fulfilled prophecies that any of the rest. In New Testament prophecy, this man is referred to more than any other. His name is Daniel.
Daniel was captured and taken as a hostage to Babylon some 600 years before Christ. He was a very young man at the time. He was a contemporary of another prophet in the same captivity: Ezekiel. He probably finished up his memoirs some 60 years later.
And I think it is good to approach his book as the memoirs of a prophet. I don’t mean to suggest that the book is anything but divinely inspired. But I think it is Daniel’s story, his testimony of the interactions he had with God, with angelic beings, with the Holy Spirit, if you will. I believe Daniel’s story—and it is a fascinating story, indeed.